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4.0000418227216 out of 54.0000418227216 out of 54.0000418227216 out of 54.0000418227216 out of 54.0000418227216 out of 5 4.00 (16,020 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Butcher Narrator: James Marsters Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dresden Files Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781101617038
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Having been murdered by a mysterious assassin, Harry navigates the passages between the living and the dead; yet, once he returns to the world of the mortals, he suspects that being dead may have been a better situation. For now, he is no longer Harry Dresden, the renowned wizard of Chicago. No, he has become Winter Knight to Mab, Queen of Air and Darkness.

He has sworn his fidelity to Mab, who has fought for him for so long. Now that her word guides his actions, no matter the consequence of where to go or whom to kill, Harry is in dire straits, indeed.

Mab desires the impossible of this new Winter Knight: to murder an immortal. Trouble bubbles over when the growing threat of an unknown source of wizardry may again make the land of the dead look like a vacation paradise. What does this mean for Harry?

Surrounded by foes, Harry must unite his friends and circumvent the needless destruction of innocent souls. And he must discover how to break his fealty to Mab, so that she doesn't claim his very soul.

Jim Butcher was born in 1971 in Missouri. He is known for his fantasy series the Dresden Files. Introduced to the fantasy genre through his sisters when he was sick as a child, Butcher became entranced with the stories of Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander, and C.S. Lewis. He has a wife, a son, and a guard dog named Frostbite.

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard.

He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill.

Guess which Mab wants first?
Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.

Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own…His soul. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Harry Dresden has come a long way. From those long ago days when he was leading a (relatively) quiet life as a Windy City wizard, he has been murdered; revived; and now, in the fourteenth Dresden Files novel, has become the very reluctant servant/hired killer of Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. One of the most eagerly awaited installments of this bestseller series.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Harry Dresden is alive!…Butcher’s latest installment in the Dresden Files series will keep readers invested from start to finish with lots of action and an ending that will have them craving the next title. With a colorful cast and laughs throughout, this series will appeal to readers interested in urban fantasy or Kim Harrison’s work. Though Butcher’s loyal fans will be craving this one, it is relatively easy for anyone to pick up and start the series with this book.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Butcher] plots a long, long game, beautifully integrating small elements from the very first installment onward and gradually revealing their significance.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 jeff | 10/5/2017

    " this book embodies the change of the world. how we behave after a crucible in our lives. the importance of friends and family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Coley | 2/5/2014

    " When I open the CD box for the audio version, there were 15 discs. That tells me it's a long book. The story flew by. I try to limit my book listening to on the way to and fro' work otherwise I don't get much done. I couldn't do it. I went to bed each night listening to Harry and discovering new things about him and his friends. I get a little frustrated during a goo fight scene when new monsters are introduced or personal histories revealed. I often yell - get on with the battle! That's the joy however of the series. Yeah, Jim Butcher, get your pencils sharp and get the next book out! What is Molly going do? Her mother is going to kill Harry. So much to look forward to! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 2/2/2014

    " Love all the Dresden books. I was happy with the characters that reappeared in this book and some surprises. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 2/2/2014

    " LOved it, cant wait to

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Science-ehlert | 1/31/2014

    " Fully enjoying how the scope of the series continues to satisfy with both a contained story and the progression of a plot that encompasses the entire series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Mccue | 1/27/2014

    " Another great book in the Dresden series. I will just say that things are getting EPIC in this series with a lot of great adventures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Caldwell | 1/22/2014

    " Woah! Dresden is back with a vengeance. This is a helluva good ride and lots of new issues coming to light and the ending. Still rocked back on my heels by that one. Damn you Butcher, hurry up. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Perry | 1/22/2014

    " Read it in two days, it was completely addictive. I loved the moral judgements he was faced with and how it all fell out. I loved that while many things are explained, many more are brought up and now I am wondering if I missed something. Starborn? Anyone else catch that? I'm waiting on the audio book to come out at the library because now even when I read Harry, it's Marsders voice in my head. I need to reread because I plowed through it so fast I know I missed a lot of nuances. Bring on the audio, and long live Harry Dresden, my fiction wizard boyfriend. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 1/22/2014

    " Despite the plethora of explanations, which I didn't need because I've already read most of this series, I enjoyed this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/19/2013

    " Great book! Always enjoy reading the Dresden books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 7/1/2013

    " Certainly a lot better than the previous book, now I just need to wait for later this year when book 15 gets published. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roy | 6/30/2013

    " Rousing, roiling fun; hard to put down. In this case, Harry begins to see a single enemy behind everything that has attacked him. Closer to CHANGES than to GHOST STORY, this book begins to set up an eventual climax for the series. All the favorites are there, including Mouse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 6/9/2013

    " Best book I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raven | 5/22/2013

    " I can't contain my tears. Holy chiz. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil | 4/7/2013

    " Like the rest of the Dresden series, this is just a lot of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 3/6/2013

    " You can't go wrong with a supernatural attack on an island outside Chicago to the ear splitting soundtrack of Queen's We will Rock You. It was a fun book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 2/27/2013

    " I was sold at Harry Dresden vs. Kris Kringle "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasula | 1/22/2013

    " I always love the Harry Dresden, Chicago wizard, books. This was an exciting tale, and moved forward the characters' lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine | 12/28/2012

    " Not his best. Good twist ending. Found myself not caring as much about characters or threat. Wonder if he's got any more good ideas for books or if he's tired of Dresden. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Novak | 11/26/2012

    " Ahhh! Harry Dresden is back!! "

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About the Author
Author Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. He read his first fantasy novel when he was seven years old—The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. By the time he turned eight, he’d added the rest of the Narnia books, the Chronicles of Prydain, every book about Star Wars he could find, a great many Star Trek novels, and The Lord of the Rings to his count. He was pretty much doomed from the start. Love of fantasy drew him toward a fairly eclectic spread of interests: horseback riding, archery, martial arts, costuming, music, and theater. He played a lot of role-playing games, a lot of fantasy-based tactical computer games, and eventually got into live-action role-play. He took up writing to be able to produce fantasy novels with swords and horses in them, and determinedly wrote terrible fantasy books until, just to prove a point to his writing teacher, he decided to take every piece of her advice. He was certain that once she saw what hideous art it produced, she would be proven wrong and repent the error of her ways. The result was the Dresden Files. She has not yet admitted her mistake and recanted her philosophy on writing. Jim stands accused of writing the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera. He has plead insanity, but the jury is still out on that one.

About the Narrator

James Marsters, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, graduated from Davis High School and attended Juilliard, the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and the American Conservatory Theatre. After spending ten years doing stage work, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. He got his big break as Spike in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He is also a talented musician; his band Ghost of the Robot has released three albums: Mad Brilliant, B-Sider, and Murphy’s Law.